It’s Turkey time!!!

November is here and we have had the most beautiful fall I can remember. My students are working on songs for competition, honing their skills, and trying new genres! Moving out of your comfort zone is key to a singer’s progress. Introducing new kinds of music, including new rhythms and different melodies, strengthens the voice … Continue reading

Verdi Requiem outstanding!

Saturday Oct. 12 and Sunday Oct. 13, I had the privilege of singing Verdi’s Requiem with Choralis and the Columbia, MD Symphony. The soloists were phenomenal, the music awe-inspiring and while it was a physically and emotionally exhausting endeavor, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity. In the studio, students are auditioning for … Continue reading

Don’t look now, but school is right around the corner!

This summer has flown by and for me, it’s been the most pleasant one since we moved here in 2011.  I’ve had my first garden in 5 years, and have spotted lots of butterflies and  3 Baltimore Orioles on the butterfly bush.  Summer for my students has meant lots of fun music, visits with Anna our … Continue reading

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. . .

It’s been a busy spring getting the studio set up and welcoming my students to our new location. The Choralis concert was a huge success-you know it went well when the orchestra turns around and applauds the choir! I’m investigating Skype lessons as an alternative for folks who can’t make the drive-I’ll keep you posted … Continue reading

We’ve moved!

Moving day has come and gone, and I am finally settling into my new studio. The studio has been buzzing with the excitement of selecting audition songs and overcoming the nerves associated with sight reading as students gear up for choir auditions. The group I sing with, Choralis, is preparing for our spring concert in … Continue reading

Big News!

We’re moving! On March 16, I will be moving to Aldie, VA. It’s right down Rt. 50, near South Riding, My husband and I are looking forward to having so much more room and a wonderful dedicated studio. I can’t wait for all my students to check it out.

January/February

This has been an exciting month- 3 students have auditioned successfully for their school musicals, another is working on a recital, and still another will compete in the Lions’ Club Band Competition. Seeing Les Mis in December reminded me of how much I love that music. Claude -Michel Schonberg weaves the rhythm of the  patriotic … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to all! 2013 promises to be a great year full of great music. My students are getting ready for competitions and auditions and I’m looking at several song cycles for myself with an eye  towards a recital this fall. Choralis comes back from our break to begin work on Beethoven’s … Continue reading

The Happiest Season of All!

It’s December already and my students and I  are working on Christmas and other holiday songs as well as preparing for competitions and auditions. Choralis, the group I sing with, is preparing our annual Christmas concert. There’s a wide variety of music, from Bach’s Cantata 191 to “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of … Continue reading

Choralis concert a success!

Our Choralis concert on Sat. Oct. 20, was reviewed in the Washington Post by Joan Reinthaler. Here’s what she had to say: Concert shows the dividends that Choralis outreach has reaped By Joan Reinthaler, Published: October 21 It’s been a pleasure to watch Gretchen Kuhrmann’s 90-voice Choralis and its outreach program develop over the years. It now includes … Continue reading